Altocedro is a family-owned and operated winery in the heart of the best place in Argentina to grow Malbec; La Consulta which is located in the high altitudes of Mendoza. This area which sits at about 3300 feet provides long, warm summer days with incredibly cool nights that help Malbec vines build gorgeously pure, deeply ripe, and intense fruit flavors. The 2021 Altocedro 'Ano Cero' Malbec is 100% Malbec from vines that are over 30 years old. The farming is sustainably done by hand with all fermentations by native yeast. 30% of the wine was aged in French oak for 12 months and the wine was bottled unfiltered. The nose opens up with a whole array of fresh summer berries; blueberry and raspberry with ripe plum and macerated strawberry. The aromatics show expressive hints of savory cracked pepper and flowers layered with hints of fresh herb, a touch of chocolate, and toasted vanilla. This wine is absolutely juicy with a balance between the rich fruit and zippy acidity!
This red will pair with everything you can think of from grilled poultry, pork chops, steaks, sausages, and all sorts of cheeses and hors d'oeuvres.
The 2021 Malbec Ano Cero hails from the La Consulta in the Uco Valley and was a third aged for 10 months in barrels. Purple in hue. It begins with bold notes of violet and plum followed by gentle hints of herb, black tea, and lavender. In the mouth. the tannins are broad but refined with juicy freshness, bold flavor, and a refined texture. "Here the ripeness comes out in the aromas,' says Karim Mussi Safie, the oenologist behind this wine, and this certainly rings true in the glass. The year adds to the complexity.
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